Fatal Accident Reported Near Oroville

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February 07, 2022
Edward Smith

Two People Ejected in Rollover Accident on Power House Hill Road

A fatal accident claimed the life of a man from Yuba City and caused moderate injuries to a passenger on February 4. The collision was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as occurring around 11:25 p.m. along Power House Hill Road, when the driver’s vehicle, a 2014 Polaris, went off the road while he was attempting to turn. The vehicle rolled and the driver and passenger were ejected from the car. 

Fatal Accident Under Investigation to Determine Cause

Both of the vehicle’s occupants were transported to a hospital for treatment, but the driver passed away from the extent of his injuries. No additional information on the condition of the vehicle’s passenger has been released. According to the Oroville CHP office, the accident is being investigated and it isn’t known whether drugs or alcohol was a factor in the crash. Those who may have information about the accident are asked to call the CHP office at (530) 538-2700.

Causes of a Solo Vehicle Fatal Accident

The family of a driver who dies in a solo vehicle accident often wonders what caused the crash. The most common cause of driver error is speeding or distracted driving, but that is not always the case. Occasionally, accidents are caused by the negligence of another person or entity and are out of the driver’s control. It may be possible for the family to file a wrongful death claim in these types of cases. Accidents in which the driver was not at fault include:

  • An auto part that fails can lead to a solo vehicle accident, whether it is a faulty brake, a stuck accelerator or steering problems. In such cases, the manufacturer might be held liable for the accident by placing a liability claim. In such cases, keeping the vehicle is important to check for defects.
  • Hitting another vehicle and fleeing the scene can be mistaken for a solo vehicle accident. During an investigation into the accident, investigators can determine whether another vehicle caused the collision.
  • Accidents can happen because of ramps with too sharp a curve, potholes and other maintenance problems. If an accident results in injuries or fatalities, the government entity can be held liable.

Wrongful Death Claims

Throughout the years, we have provided assistance to many families suffering the loss of a loved one as a result of wrongful death. When a family loses a loved one, filing a claim is probably the last thing on their minds. Eventually, however, they realize that the loss may lead to financial difficulties, especially if the deceased contributed to their support. In addition to recovering those financial losses, family members can gain a sense of closure and justice by filing a wrongful death claim.

How Much Can Be Recovered for Wrongful Death Claims?

In a wrongful death case, family members and representatives of the deceased’s estate are often able to recover the following damages:

  • Wages, bonuses, and other employment benefits that a deceased loved one would have received until they reached retirement age
  • Lost inheritance, which is the amount that beneficiaries would have been entitled to inherit
  • Loss of consortium and care can be claimed by the surviving spouse 
  • Burial and funeral expenses 
  • Loss of the guidance and nurturing that the deceased provided to the family’s children 
  • Household services such as mowing the lawn, servicing his or her vehicles, preparing the tax returns or cleaning the home

Oroville Wrongful Death Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, an Oroville wrongful death lawyer. When a loved one dies in an accident caused by negligence by another person or entity, they may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Call us for our free and friendly advice at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. You can also send us a message online.

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